rag doll


a stuffed doll, especially of cloth.

Nearby words

  1. rafting,
  2. raftsman,
  3. rafvr,
  4. rag,
  5. rag bolt,
  6. rag gourd,
  7. rag paper,
  8. rag rug,
  9. rag trade,
  10. rag-and-bone man

Origin of rag doll

First recorded in 1850–55

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British Dictionary definitions for ragdoll


/ (ˈræɡˌdɒl) /


a breed of large long-haired cat with blue eyes
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Idioms and Phrases with ragdoll

rag doll

A limp, ineffectual person, as in You won't get a decision from her; she's a rag doll when it comes to making up her mind. This expression transfers the limpness of a soft doll made from scraps of cloth to human behavior. [Mid-1800s]

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